Tennis great Ivan Lendl coached Andy Murray to Wimbledon victory in 2013 before splitting with the Scottish star to pursue his career on the veteran’s circuit. What many younger fans of tennis (and vintage sportswear) may not be aware of is that Lendl was a champion in his own right, and indeed enjoyed unsurpassed success in the 1980’s – winning 8 Grand Slams and reaching the final in 19 – a record not broken until Roger Federer surpassed it in 2009. As well as possessing a mean backhand, Lendl was also one of the first tennis mega-stars to endorse a range of clothing and he was the poster boy for Adidas during the 1980’s.
The original Lendl collection focused largely on a classic Argyle print – this vintage design has long been sought after by collectors with original pieces increasingly rare. If you’re looking to own a little piece of sportswear history then great news – Adidas have re-issued a series of classic Argyle designs under their 1985 Collection banner – we’ve got the Argyle polo in navy and white and the classic tracksuit zip through in white with more to arrive very soon.
If you’re in need of some classic footwear to rock with your retro tennis shirt then look no further than the Adidas Original’s Rod Laver sneaks. These pre-date even the classic Lendl collection – with their original release in the late 70’s generally considered to be one of Adidas finest footwear releases of the decade. Indeed Complex magazine rated the Laver as the 7th best tennis shoe in history – praise indeed for this classic sneak which is re-released this season in a classic green & white colourway with mesh uppers.